Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 970,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1926 S 5C MS obverse 1926 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

What a difference a few years makes. The 1926 S nickel had a mintage not much lower than that of the 1931 S issue, but it it vastly more rare in Mint State. While the later date was not released in large numbers until 1935, when speculators were ready to pounce on it, the 1926 S nickels were seemingly all issued to circulation at or near their time of minting. It's doubtful that more than a few hundred survive unworn.

Most examples are poorly struck on one or both sides from dies that show varying degrees of erosion. As is usually the case with coins having mintmarks on their reverse, it is those dies that were used the longest and are most likely to display heavy wear and distorted peripheries.

Collectors hoarded this issue from circulation starting in the late 1930s, but its modest mintage largely stymied their efforts. It remains scarce in lower grades and rare in grades VF and higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1926 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.50 45.00 98.00 285 875 2550 2850 3575 4300 5000 5700 6400 10750 17750 110000 165000 - - - -
$ 1100 - - 3950 4600 - - - 14000 27500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1859
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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2/11/1998 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1023, 1023/Lot# 1148 $207.10
12/30/2003 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24011, 24011/Lot# 11162 $379.50
9/4/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27092, 27092/Lot# 11055 $2,760.00
1/20/2013 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 735, 744/Lot# 1071 $325.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1195 $115,000.00
3/24/2013 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 94405 $47.00
12/29/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160378 $330.00
4/1/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7564 $616.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1926 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3174015006187931583179927812985326035253817400042175212658112417139148338122593858464121
3454345396761056165521262849307733483622387840724549566885261291613914964521034470960
0000002126284930773348362238784072454956688526129161391496452103400
000000245429173168343737203939414548806125104721341513914109522980900
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 793
Owner: BankNote1
 
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